Appeals Court Rules Against Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York in Contraception Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Affordable Healthcare Act's contraception regulations and accommodations for religious non-profits do not adversely affect the rights of  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Rockville Centre and others to practice their religion. 

"The Second Circuit refused to take a trip through the looking glass. The court joined six other federal appeals courts in concluding that filling out a form requesting an exemption from providing contraception is not the same thing as providing the contraception," said Gregory Lipper, Senior Litigation Counsel for Americans United. "Now that challengers are 0-for-7 in the courts of appeals, maybe they will finally take yes for answer."

Americans United submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in this case in June 2014.

This ruling takes its place next to the many others that have come down on the side of women's health and the ACA. Learn about the evolution of contraception coverage regulations and explore our interactive timeline.